What Matters to God

Today’s Word:

“…rich in what matters to God” (Luke 12:21)


On This Date…

At noon on Monday, October 20, 1924, Father James Kern, O.Praem., died during surgery in Austria at age 27. He was shot at age 19 while serving in the army during World War I. He was discharged from the army at age 20 and joined the Norbertines; he was ordained in 1922 at age 25. The following year he had surgery again on his war wound, and during his recuperation ministered to many sick people. He said, “The believer knows that suffering is a difficult path but that it ends up in bright light and warmth which awaits us on the other side of the grave.” When his body was exhumed in 1956 his right hand, which he used to bless people, was found incorrupt.

Pope Saint John Paul II beatified Father James in Vienna, Austria on June 21, 1998, encouraging all to follow this “hero of the Church.” Father James Kern was, as Jesus said in today’s Gospel, “rich in what matters to God”.

– Father McLaughlin

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Blessed James Kern

Blessed James Kern, O.Praem. – “Hero of the Church”

Today’s Word:

The strength of our faith …can be measured by the ability to communicate it to others, to spread and live it in charity, to witness to it before those we meet and those who share the path of life with us.

– from Pope Francis’ message on the 87th Annual World Mission Day


On This Date…

Blessed James Kern, O.Praem.

Blessed James Kern, O.Praem.

On October 20, 1924, Father James Kern, O.Praem. died during surgery in Austria at age 27. He was injured in combat during World War I at age 19 and was discharged from the army a year later. He joined the Norbertines and was ordained in 1922 at age 25.

He had surgery again on his war wound the following year. During his recuperation, he ministered to many sick people offering the words, “The believer knows that suffering is a difficult path but that it ends up in bright light and warmth which awaits us on the other side of the grave.”

Pope John Paul II beatified Father James in Vienna, Austria in 1998, encouraging us to follow this “hero of the Church.”

On October 20, 2013, the Church celebrates the 87th Annual World Mission Day.

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In his message for the day Pope Francis said, “The strength of our faith …can be measured by the ability to communicate it to others, to spread and live it in charity, to witness to it before those we meet and those who share the path of life with us” – a path we share also with Blessed James Kern.

– Father McLaughlin